The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls follows the story of four soon to be eleventh graders named Adriane, CeeCee, Jill, and Wallis. Adriane,The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls follows the story of four soon to be eleventh graders named Adriane, CeeCee, Jill, and Wallis. Adriane, the main character of the book, is someone I have mixed feelings about. In some ways, she was innocent and nice to other people. However, she was very easily angered and frustrated and entirely too susceptible to peer pressure. CeeCee was the typical queen bee of the group and it was obvious to me that she was a bad egg. I was annoyed that Adriane couldn’t see through her perfect mask sooner and realize she was puller her down a bad path. Jill was an over achiever with a strict moral compass. She understood when the other girls did something wrong and had an actual plan for life after high school to be a nurse. Wallis was as CeeCee said “the X factor or wildcard”. She was a quiet thirteen year old who had skipped several grades and hated having her picture taken. I loved the element of mystery she added to the story.
The book clubs recommendations were actually really interesting. I was surprised to learn that, similarly to Adriane, the book Frankenstein was the only book I was familiar with. The House on Mango Street sounded particularly interesting and I may pick it up soon at my local library. The girls’ and their mothers’ take on the books always served to make me laugh. Adriane’s definition of common literary terms did as well. ...more
Fractured Light took the concept of light vs. dark in a new direction. Llona Reese is a 17 year old orphan on the run from the dark monsters that killFractured Light took the concept of light vs. dark in a new direction. Llona Reese is a 17 year old orphan on the run from the dark monsters that killed her parents. I found that Llona as a character gave me mixed feelings. In the beginning of the story, she came across as selfish as she hid her gift for bringing joy and light into the lives of others. However, as Fractured Light continued, I began to see what a brave girl Llona really was. She didn’t shy away from conflict as others of her kind did. The Vykens were a race of dark monsters that had killed Llona’s parents before the beginning of the novel. They were terrifying and I could see why Llona ran from them as she did. I love the plot twists these evil monsters caused in Llona’s life. Lucky for her, she had Christian to take her mind off her troubles and protect her throughout the story. I really liked Christian and how he did not give up even after Llona had rejected him. Overall, Fractured Light was an okay story. I may or may not read the rest of the series. ...more
Everyone has heard the saying “Be careful what you wish for”. It is the theme of countless television programs, parent lectures, and now the book Don’Everyone has heard the saying “Be careful what you wish for”. It is the theme of countless television programs, parent lectures, and now the book Don’t You Wish. The story centers around unpopular Annie Nutter whose life is just not going all that great. Until, of course, she gets zapped by one of her nutty father’s weird inventions and gets sucked into an alternate universe. Can you say whoops? Annie, or should I say Ayla, seems to have popularity all figured out in this universe. But is the price worth it? For me, it wasn’t. I was rooting for Annie to wake up and realize that this new “perfect life” was not all it was cracked up to be. Then there was the romance. In her new life, Annie quickly realizes that her new super-hot and pushy boyfriend isn’t actually what she was looking for. Instead, Annie falls for considerate, unpopular Charlie. Charlie was a homeless charity student who looked out for his younger invalid sister. Does it get any sweeter that? He was part of Annie’s journey to realize that popularity really doesn’t mean anything in the end. Overall, this was an okay book. Don’t You Wish was a nice and cute read, perfect for a rainy day. ...more
Wanna’ know a secret? Catching Jordan is not really a football book. Well, Jordan is the quarterback captain of her high school football team, but thaWanna’ know a secret? Catching Jordan is not really a football book. Well, Jordan is the quarterback captain of her high school football team, but that’s secondary. Catching Jordan is a book about relationships. I betcha’ you weren’t expecting that.
Jordan is anything but a typical girl. She is not into dressing girly, being concerned about her hair and makeup, or dating any of the guys from school. Instead, Jordan’s obsession is being named quarterback of the football team at the college of her choice.
But wait. There are things that may be standing in the way of Jordan’s college football dreams. One of these things is named Ty. He is the new guy at school who is trying to smoosh his way into taking Jordan’s quarterback position. When things heat up romantically between Jordan and Ty, another layer of tension builds. I liked the way Jordan dealt with all the pressure and how she stayed true to herself.
The other thing standing in Jordan’s way is her father. He is an ex-football player himself, and he just doesn’t share Jordan’s dream. He’s doing what you would expect a father to do. He is looking out for his little girl. Miranda Kenneally cuts through the stereotype of young adult books with absent parents and includes Jordan’s father as an important character.
There are other relationships that actually help Jordan in reaching her dream. First, there is the relationship between Jordan and the other football players. These guys treat her with the respect a team captain deserves, but they also act like she is their little sister. Aww! The strongest bond on the team is between Jordan and Henry, her childhood friend. They are so cute and funny when they are together, and I have to think it has to do with the long-standing friendship they have formed.
Yes, it’s about football, but there is way more to the story than that. Catching Jordan tackles making big decisions, chasing your dream, and how relationships play a role in all of it. This feel-good contemporary is a winner....more
First off, let me explain what centaurs are. They are supposed to be mythical half human/half horse creatures. However, in the first book of the CentaFirst off, let me explain what centaurs are. They are supposed to be mythical half human/half horse creatures. However, in the first book of the Centauriad series, the centaurs have risen up and done away with the human race. Malora may be the last remaining human, roaming the earth after her village is destroyed by Leatherwings with her spirited band of horses. Until she is captured by the centaurs.
My favorite characters in the book were neither centaur nor human. They were in fact Malora’s band of horses, which Malora saw almost as children. Each horse had their own personality, distinguishing them as separate characters instead of one unit. My personal favorite was Max, the flea-bitten runt of the pack who no one really pays attention to. Turns out that in the end, this little horse can hold his own.
The society of the centaurs was another favorite aspect of the story. They had complicated rules and tiers in their society, just like humans. In fact, it was scary how much the centaurs had come to resemble humans in mannerisms and behaviors. It was also interesting how they had changed and improved our current society. I fell in love with the variety of personalities among the centaurs. They were brave and timid, creative and hard-working, vain and proud.
I fell in love with this book and would recommend it to fantasy and dystopian readers alike. ...more
Death is everywhere. It can be seen in the ravens in the sky. It can be felt as it shadows those it desires. Death is never far away. And it teaches lDeath is everywhere. It can be seen in the ravens in the sky. It can be felt as it shadows those it desires. Death is never far away. And it teaches lessons to those willing to listen.
Death took Abbey’s mother in a serious car crash five years ago. Abbey was in the car too, but she survived. But why? How? Facing a major case of survivor’s guilt, Abbey becomes painfully withdrawn, the object of much teasing and bullying. She also lashes out at her own father, who works as a mortician. Girlfriend is a mess. Her only friend is Tanner, who has sustained serious injuries from an accident he was involved in. There is a sort of kinship between these two. Their close encounters with Death have left them both suffering unimaginable pain.
Jordan Dane has such a wonderful way of bringing Death’s feelings to the surface where they at first smolder and then burn brightly. Death yearns to feel emotions and, in a way, to be alive. To make this happen, Death has its eyes set on Abbey, who it grew attached to five years ago. Creepy! So Death finds a way to get to Abbey and it involves her crush, Nate, who is busy climbing Alaska’s Denali. It is Death’s selfishness that puts both Abbey and Nate in danger.
Abbey’s crush on Nate is off the hook. He is all she can think and talk about. It was maddening at times, because there is so much more to live for than the cute boy. Nate, on the other hand, had his own obsession with mountain climbing. Maybe this setup where they each have their sights set on different goals, is why Death’s plan works so well. Death weaves its way into their lives and brings them together.
With Death front and center in her life, Abbey must face her fears and insecurities. She cannot hide from her past any longer and she must make big decisions. Abbey must face Death head on. She cannot hide any longer. I loved that Death had the power to help bring Abbey back to life. That is, if Abbey was open to Death’s advances.
On a Dark Wing starts out slowly and builds to a dramatic conclusion. Including a majestic mountain setting, this fabulous story teaches lessons about life and death and letting go....more
Fury is captivating in every way imaginable. EVERYTHING about this book pulled me in and would not let go. IOne night y’all. I read Fury in one night!
Fury is captivating in every way imaginable. EVERYTHING about this book pulled me in and would not let go. It wasn’t easy to read either, there is some seriously BAAAAD stuff going on in Fury, but I could not let go. No, make that, I COULDN’T leave.
These characters are flawed. They do some really bad things to each other. At first, they relish in the glory of their conquests. I felt nothing but disdain for them. Then, even worse things happen and the furies show up. The furies cause mischief for those who have done wrong. Well, there is plenty of wrong going on here, so the furies are busy. What’s epic about all this is that Elizabeth Miles doesn’t come right out and say who the furies are. It’s subtle. It’s there. It’s CREEPY.
Oh. My Gosh. the setting has got to be the most CHILLING ever. It is the dead of winter and Christmas break. Snow, freezing temperatures, ice! I loved that the frozen setting was brought up so often and in so many ways. The characters can see their breath, they feel frozen in time as if their actions do not have consequences, they shiver, they look for warmth. BAM!!! That’s it. They NEED those red hot furies!
Would you be mad if I told you I had to skip through a few scenes? They were too mature for me, but I totally get why there were in there. These teens were up to some pretty intense thiiiiings and these 12-year-old eyes were too young for them. However, these scenes NEEDED to be included to really make the characters and their creepiness real. Just knowing they were there helped me get into the story more.
I loved the ending! I felt like it was all justified. You get what you deserve. So there!
If you haven’t read Fury yet, pick it up for some snowy holiday reading. It’s not an easy book to read, but it is chilling, creeping, and perfectly captivating....more
In the world of Starters, everyone between the ages of 20 and 60 was wiped out by a mysterious virus. This leaves only the extremely old and young. NoIn the world of Starters, everyone between the ages of 20 and 60 was wiped out by a mysterious virus. This leaves only the extremely old and young. Now, in a place of poverty and death, a teen can rent their body out to the older Enders. They could become… a starter. But what would you do if something went wrong, like it did for Callie? I loved the premise of this book. It was very different from any dystopian novel I have read in a while. It was chilling to think of someone else being in control of my body. I thought Callie was very brave for doing so, despite reservations. Callie as a character was protective of those she loved, clever at getting out of harmful situations, and a strong main character.
The plot of Starters intrigued me as each new detail of both the Ender who had rented her and the Starter Company itself was revealed. Price weaved a complex story that took many turns in directions I wasn’t expecting. I was literally on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen to Callie and those she loved next. I was blown away by the ending, and cannot wait for the next installment, Enders. ...more